Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Today I would like to share a recipe that can be used for Sadya.Sambar is a lentil based dish common in South India. Kerala sambar is very much different from that of its  neighbouring states.For us,sambar is also a mixed vegetable like our Avial.This is my mother in law's recipe.

Here is the recipe:
  1. Toor dal/thuvara parippu- 1/2 cup
  2. Turmeric powder- a couple of pinches
  3. Chopped Vegetables(carrot,potato,brinjal.drumstick,cucumber,yam,plantain,pumpkin,  tomato)-3cups
  4. Tamarind -1lemon sized
  5. Small onion(shallots)-a Handful(cut into halves)
  6. Asafoetida powder- a couple of pinches 
  7. Green chilly-2-3(slit lengthwise)
  8. Coriander powder-3tsp
  9. Chilly powder-1tsp(as per your spice level)
  10. Coriander leaves for garnishing
For Seasoning:
  1. mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  2. fenugreek seeds-couple of pinches
  3. dry red chilly - 2-3 nos
  4. curry leaves-1 sprig
  5. cumin seeds-1/2 tsp 
  6. oil -1tbsp  
  • Cook dal in a presure cooker with required amount of water,turmeric powder,green chilies,sliced onion and salt.
  • Mash the cooked dal well using a wooden spoon.
  • Add all the vegetables except drumstick to this.when the veggies are half cooked add drumstick and the tamarind juice to this.cook till all the veggies are cooked.
  • Heat oil in a pan add coriander,chilly powder and asafoetida.saute for a minute. make sure that it doesn't get burnt.add3-5tbsp water to this and make a paste.add this to the veggies and allow it to boil.
  • Heat some more oil in a pan,crackle mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds,cumin seeds.Then add dry red chillies,sliced small onions and curry leaves.
  • Fry it till onion becomes golden brown.add this to the sambar,mix well and close it with a lid for few minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 
  • Now sambar is Ready to serve.
  • You can use the veggies of your choice.
  • Soak tamarind in half a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.

Serve with hot Plain Rice or Idly / Dosa....
Happy Cooking!!!


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